Guest Campaigns: March 2019

Rosie the Riveter

Here at MNHQ, we think it makes sense to use the not-inconsiderable might of the Mumsnet collective for the greater good. That's why we regularly exchange links and public support with charities and pressure groups in areas Mumsnetters are interested in, such as special needs provision, child poverty, childcare, parenting, breastfeeding, maternity care and relationship support. – Team Mum

In Kenya, one in 26 babies die before they reach their first birthday. have a solution – support mums!

Join Team Mum
Together, Team Mum will create pregnancy support groups in rural Kenya. We will arm new mums with the information and support systems they need to keep their babies safe.

For just £10 you can buy a scared young expectant mum a pack of baby essentials. The pack includes a weighing bag so she can have her baby weighed, and works as an incentive for her to attend our new support groups, where she’ll learn about everything from breastfeeding to safe sleeping.

The UK government believe in the power of mums. Give before 30 April 2019 and they will match your donation.

To find out more please visit their website.

Amref Health Africa UK – Health in Her Hands

Sub-Saharan Africa contends with a quarter of the global disease burden – but it’s home to only 3% of the world’s health workers. Amref Health Africa is working to bridge that gap.

Every year, we train thousands of nurses, midwives, and community volunteers across sub-Saharan Africa. These women have the power to transform the health of their communities. When they’re equipped with the right tools and training, thousands of people live healthier, happier lives.

You can help ensure the women working on the front line of healthcare are ready for the next emergency. Give to Amref’s Health in Her Hands campaign before 7th June and the UK government will match your donation – enable twice as many health workers to provide life-saving care.

To find out more please visit their website

Sustrans Big Pedal 2019

Angellica Bell, British television, radio presenter and cycling advocate, is calling on families to take up the challenge of Sustrans Big Pedal 2019 – a UK wide competition to get more young people cycling, walking and scooting to school.

During the 10-day challenge (Monday 25 March to Friday 5 April) schools will compete to make the most journeys by bike, foot or scooter. Pupils will track their progress on a wall chart, learning about the human body and how active travel benefits their health.

To coincide with the event, dozens of schools across the UK, will for the first time, close the road outside the school gates to traffic to help reduce air pollution, while creating an environment in which cycling and walking is safe, convenient and enjoyable.

To find out more please visit their website.

All photography credited to Paul Tanner

White Ribbon Alliance UK – What Women Want

At White Ribbon Alliance UK we advocate for all women's rights to safe and dignified reproductive and maternity care.

We are asking women in the UK, and over a million women around the world, about your personal reproductive health priorities.

It's astounding how often we hear that women are surprised at even being asked, as if it's a given they have no say in what happens to their own bodies during pregnancy and birth, and no say in the health services which they have a right to.

We are taking women’s voices, collected through the What Women Want Survey, to global leaders and national decision makers this summer. Add your voice now!

World Book Day – Share a Story

Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator for success in life, more than family circumstances, educational background, or income. But it’s in decline.
Our Share a Story campaign aims to turn the tide. Sharing stories together – anywhere, anytime – for just ten minutes a day has long-lasting effects on a child’s future and being read to is critical in igniting enthusiasm for reading, and creating lifelong readers. 
For this year’s World Book Day, some of the most influential people in the country – high-profile ambassadors, diverse authors, politicians, and prominent champions – are coming together to ask the nation to ‘Share a Story’ and help change our children’s future.

To find out more please visit their website.

RNLI – Creches for Bangladesh

The RNLI’s Creches for Bangladesh appeal aims to tackle the childhood drowning epidemic in Bangladesh, which claims the lives of 40 children every day – until the end of April , donations will be doubled by the UK government.

Bangladesh has a drowning rate five times higher than other low- and middle-income countries. Surrounded by 700 rivers and around 5,000 miles of inland waterways, children are always only steps away from danger, very young children are at most risk between 9am and 1pm when parents are busy when parents are busy working and undertaking chores essential for their children’s survival. In Bangladesh, there is a lack of childcare infrastructure; but we know access to a creche space reduces a child’s risk of drowning by 82%.

To find out more please visit their website.